Ellie’s work responds to and challenges public, urban and socio-political tensions through encouraging and engaging the general public and a diverse range of community groups.

Her creative process often begins by facilitating a series of participatory workshops in drawing, making and talking with the communities involved, which develop into co-designed final outcomes in textiles, mixed media and installation.

Projects have resulted in everything from patterned fabric being made into two sofas with refugee women; an intergenerational podcast and timecapsule with people with dementia and Year 7 girls; and curating Vietnam’s first large-scale exhibition on sustainable fashion as artistic outcomes.

Ellie studied BA Fine Art (First Class Hons) at Chelsea College of Art from 2008 – 11 writing her thesis on the role of temporary public art in urban regeneration. Ellie completed a research year for her art practice in 2016 through studying MSc Sustainable Development in Practice (Distinction) at UWE where she wrote her thesis ‘How can participatory art use Asset-Based Community Development methodologies to catalyse more climate-resilient communities?’. Ellie aims to embed what she has learnt throughout her creative practice and draws on her experience working in gallery education, community development and public engagement.

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